John William Wiegman was born in Germany on 9 April 1851 to Frederick and Dougherty Wiegman. There are a couple of different dates on records for his immigration. The 1900 census has 1853 as the year of immigration and that he was naturalized. The 1920 census lists the year of immigration as 1854 and his naturalization in 1859. Since he was only about 8, his naturalization was probably included as part of his father’s naturalization.
I haven’t found a passenger list for John William and his mother, Dougherty. Nor have I found one for all three members of the family. Possibly, John’s father, Frederick, came to America first and then Dougherty and John William came later. However, the family was here by 1860, because John William was listed with mother and father in the 1860 census in Brown, Miami County, Ohio so they probably came between John’s birth in 1851 and the 1860 census. The 1860 census listed John William as William, nine years old, from Hamberg, and as a student.
Dougherty “Dora,” John William’s mother, died about 1863. In the 1870 census, Frederick was married to Harriet and John William was no longer living with them. He was living in Havana, Mason, Illinois with a family named Coat, the father was Levi Coat. John is listed as 19 years old, a Tinner, and from Prussia.
J. W. Weigman [John William Wiegman] married Ella H. Ross [Elmira Hayden Ross] on 16 November 1876 in Shelby County, Ohio. Ella was the daughter of John William and Christenia (Wambaugh) Ross, born in July 1856 in Ohio. Over the next 24 years, John William and Ella H. had fourteen children, all but two survived into adulthood.
In the 1880 census, John William and Ella H. were in Harvard, Clay, Nebraska. The town was new, only about ten years old, so John William was probably there for work. He was listed as working with hardware and tinware. At that time, the couple had two sons, Frederick and Edmond. A daughter, Dora, was born while they were in Nebraska. The family did not stay long in Nebraska, because their next child, Viva was born in Ohio in 1882.
John William bought land from his father in De Graff, Logan, Ohio on 17 March 1881 for $800. Frederick bought the land a few years earlier on 24 November 1876 from the Baptist Church.
The 1900 census was the only census that had John William and Ella H. with all of their living children. (Viva was born in 1882 and died 14 Dec 1883. Frank C. was born 19 Sep 1893 and died in 1895. They were both buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in De Graff.) In 1900, John William was a Hilio Stove & Tin Dealer and his sons, Fred and Edmond were both listed as tinners. His daughter, Dora, was his bookkeeper.
In 1910, the census shows a family with the children getting older and moving on. Edmond had married and had two children of his own. Dora married and had a son. Frederick, the oldest, was listed on the home census, but he was also listed on a census in Nebraska where he was working as a tinner. Ross was working as a Minister for the Y.M.C.A. Dwight was working as a journeyman tinner. Louis was going to school at Western Reserve and Paul was in school at Wooster University. Ralph and Hortense were clerks in their father’s hardware business, as well as, going to school. The younger children were all in school.
Two years later, the Norwalk City Directory lists several members of the family boarding at a house on Connecticut Ave. Over the next several years, family members lived in Norwalk, Darien, and Stamford. Four of the family sons, Andrew, Dwight, Leonard, and Paul, joined the armed services from there during the World War. Hortense and Paul stayed in Connecticut for the rest of their lives. Dwight moved to Philadelphia after the War. The rest of the family eventually returned to Ohio.
John William was listed as a tinner with his own shop in the 1920 census. Just his daughters, Mary C. and Hulda K., were still living at home with him and Ella.
John William Wiegman died on 17 January 1924 in Logan County, Ohio. His will was probated on 12 November 1924. Elmira Hayden (Ross) Wiegman died on 14 May 1925 in Logan County, Ohio. They were both buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in De Graff, Logan, Ohio.
John William and Ella H. had the following children:
- Frederick Lower Wiegman was born 2 October 1877 in De Graff, Logan, Ohio and died in 1916.
- Edmond Steel Wiegman was born 7 April 1879 in De Graff, Logan, Ohio and died 30 January 1930 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio.
- Dora Florence Wiegman was born 8 September 1880 in Harvard, Clay, Nebraska and died 31 December 1933 in De Graff, Logan, Ohio.
- Viva De Wiegman was born in 1882 in Ohio and died 14 December 1883 in Logan, Ohio.
- William Ross Wiegman was born 8 January 1884 in De Graff, Logan, Ohio and died 2 Aug 1911 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut.
- Archie Dwight Wiegman was born 9 January 1886 in Miami, Logan, Ohio and died 19 September 1947 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Lewis Andrew Wiegman was born 9 December 1887 in Ohio and died 23 May 1967 in Vandalia, Montgomery, Ohio.
- Hortense H. Wiegman was born 3 June 1889 in Ohio and died 30 November 1959 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut.
- Paul Wambaugh Wiegman was born 10 June 1890 in Ohio and died 6 September 1973 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut.
- Ralph Galer Wiegman was born 30 March 1892 in De Graff, Logan, Ohio and died 10 Dec 1951 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio.
- Frank C. Wiegman was born 19 September 1893 in Miami, Logan, Ohio and died in 1895.
- Mary Christena Wiegman was born 22 May 1895 in De Graff, Logan, Ohio and died 13 July 1962 in Bellefontaine, Logan, Ohio.
- Leonard Maxwell Wiegman was born 30 May 1897 in De Graff, Logan, Ohio and died 12 November 1971 in Ravenna, Portage, Ohio.
- Hulda K. Wiegman was born 10 September 1899 in De Graff, Logan, Ohio and died 22 January 1954 in Bellefontaine, Logan, Ohio.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Brown, Miami, Ohio; p. 212.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Havana, Mason, Illinois; p. 76A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1880; Location: Harvard, Clay, Nebraska; e.d. 078, p. 745.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Miami, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 0117, p. 11A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location: Miami, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 0138, p. 5B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1920; Location: Miami, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 198, p. 6A.
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